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ACK ACK WINNER APART RETURNS TO KEENELAND; CLARK BID POSSIBLE – Adele Dilschneider’s Apart, a three-quarter length winner of Friday’s $100,000-added Ack Ack Handicap (GIII), settled back into his home base at Keeneland on Sunday with a return trip to Churchill Downs possible at the end of the month.
Team Block and Rich Ege’s Askbut I Won’ttell swept past Kiss Mine and My Baby Baby in deep stretch to win the 37th running of the $113,900 Cardinal Handicap (GIII) by 1 ¼ lengths Sunday at Churchill Downs.
The Robert and Beverly Lewis Trust’s Distinctive Dixie, coming off a four-month layoff, cruised to a 1 ½-length victory over Third Dawn to win the 25th running of the $171,900 Chilukki (GII) for fillies and mares on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Adele Dilschneider’s Apart wore down defending champion Demarcation in the final 100 yards to win Friday’s 18th running of the $108,600 Ack Ack Handicap (Grade III) by three-quarters of a length at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs and the Breeders’ Cup will implement special hospitality and safety measures for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6. Patrons are advised to arrive at the track early on both days to accommodate possible search procedures at all entrance gates.
Eileen Hartis’ Princess Haya, winner of the 2009 Canadian (Grade II) at Woodbine, will carry top weight of 117 pounds and concede from 1-5 pounds to six rivals entered for Sunday’s 37th running of the $100,000-added Cardinal Handicap (GIII) at Churchill Downs.
Mike House’s Battle of Hastings (GB) found clear sailing after swinging four wide at the head of the stretch and rolled to a 2 ½-length victory over Midnight Mischief in the 33rd running of the $111,200 River City Handicap (GIII) on Thursday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Jockey Garrett Gomez was shaken up in a spill Thursday afternoon at Churchill Downs when he was thrown from his mount, Indy Bouquet, in the sixth race, a one-mile event for maiden fillies and mares on the grass.
Sequoia Racing’s Strong Commitment made a strong move around the far turn, drove past pace-setter Austons Sure Cure at the head of the stretch and went on to win Wednesday’s featured $50,131 Superbest allowance for 3-year-olds and up by 1 3/4 lengths over Longboarder at Churchill Downs.
Baffert Bids for Saturday Pre-Breeders' Cup Sweep with Always A Princess in Chilukki and Rapport in Dream Supreme
Arnold Zetcher’s Always a Princess, wire-to-wire winner of the Indiana Oaks (GII) in her most recent start, headlines a competitive field of 12 fillies and mares entered for the 25th running of the $150,000-added Chilukki (GII), the highlight of the undercard of Breeders’ Cup World Championships competition on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Adele Dilschneider’s Apart, winner of the Super Derby (GII) at Louisiana Downs in his most recent start, heads a field of six 3-year-olds and up entered Tuesday for the 18th running of the $100,000-added Ack Ack Handicap (GIII) to be run Friday on the Breeders’ Cup World Championships undercard at Churchill Downs.
DANCINGINHERDREAMS HAS WARD THINKING BIG – John Oxley’s Dancinginherdreams shone brightest of all on Sunday’s “Stars of Tomorrow I” card in winning the $150,000-added Pocahontas (Grade II) by 5 ¼ lengths to extend her undefeated streak to two.
John Oxley’s heavily favored Dancinginherdreams remained perfect in two starts by racing to a 5 1/4-length victory over Eden Star in the 42nd running of the $165,450 Pocahontas (GII) for 2-year-old fillies on Sunday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton’s favored Astrology swept past pace-setting Maybesomaybenot on the far turn and rolled to 2 3/4-length victory over Ribo Bobo to win the 29th running of the $122,300 Iroquois for 2-year-olds on Sunday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Michael House's Battle of Hastings (GB), a three-time graded stakes winner on the turf in his career, tops a field of nine older turf stars entered to compete in the 33rd running of the $100,000-added River City Handicap (Grade III) Thursday at Churchill Downs.
QUALITY ROAD, UNCLE MO HEAD SUNDAY WORKERS FROM PLETCHER CAMP – Edward P.
Two of the brightest names on the Breeders' Cup marquee for the 210 World Championships are now on the scene as European stars Goldikova, Workforce and Midday arrived Saturday evening at Churchill Downs.
ROMANS, PLETCHER, SADLER HORSES TOP BUSY MORNING OF BREEDERS’ CUP WORKS SATURDAY AT CHURCHILL DOWNS – A beautiful, crisp autumn morning – complete with thick early frost on the turf course – greeted a crowd of Breeders’ Cup contenders from the prominent barns of Todd Pletcher, Dale Romans and John Sadler on a busy Saturday packed with works by Cup hopefuls.
A jockey colony headed by 2009 Eclipse Award winner Julien Leparoux and three-time Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) winner Calvin Borel and a roster of trainers led by Steve Asmussen, America’s Eclipse Award top trainer of 2008 and 2009, should ensure that the human star power is equal to the equine variety when Churchill Downs opens its 121st Fall Meet on Sunday, Oct. 31.
CASH REFUND SHARP IN DRILL FOR BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT – Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s Cash Refund had his final prep for next Saturday’s Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (GI) by working five furlongs in company in 1:00.20 over a fast track on a cool, crisp Friday morning at Churchill Downs.